Chelsea Manning wants Obama to commute her sentence to time already served.
Chelsea Manning is serving a 35-year military prison sentence for leaking secrets to WikiLeaks.
Chelsea Manning is hoping President Barack Obama will get her sprung from a military prison about 30 years early.
The jailed transgender US soldier tweeted on Monday (14 November): ‘I ask @POTUS for #timeserved: A “first chance” to live out of prison as the woman.’
Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for passing data to WikiLeaks and has twice attempted suicide since July.
The second attempt took place last month last month while Manning was in solitary confinement as punishment for the first suicide attempt.
A petition seeking Manning’s early release has been launched and states: ‘Chelsea is a woman in a men’s facility facing ongoing mistreatment. She has attempted suicide and has been punished with additional time in solitary confinement for her desperation. Her life is at risk and you can save her.’
It also states: ‘Chelsea has already served more time in prison than any individual in United States history who disclosed information in the public interest. Her disclosures harmed no one.’
The petition needs 99,999 signatures by 14 December to get a response from the White House.
Manning ended a hunger strike in September after the US Army agreed to provide her with gender confirming surgery.
Also in September, Manning was ordered to cut her hair and later wrote that this left her feeling ‘humiliated, hurt and rejected.’
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